Lade - 0800hrs - cold, cloudy, ne 4 - Worked the local patch for a couple of hours with little return apart from a grounding of up to 15 Mipits, plus another 5 overhead. Absolutely nothing was singing due to the biting easterly while the open water was mostly devoid of birds apart from a few diving ducks, including 3 Goldeneyes, and Great Crested Grebes. A couple of Water Rails called from the willow swamp and a Sparrowhawk nipped through.
Hythe - 1100hrs - Had to go to Folkestone today so checked the sea defence blocks on the sea front for Purple Sandpipers. Even though the tide was up all I could muster was a single Dunlin but no sign of the Purps.
ARC - 1430hrs - Just the usual wildfowl here, most of which were sheltering along the far bank, and singles of Great White Egret and Marsh Harrier. From the Willow Trail 2 Chiffchaffs and a Water Rail, plus several Mipits overhead.
ps: News from Rye Harbour from a birder in Hanson hide who`d just returned told of a single Kentish Plover showing `til 0930hrs from Lime Kiln Cottage, after which it headed off high down the coast towards Harbour Farm with no news since.